AskDefine | Define cutwater

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  1. The forward curve of the stem of a ship
  2. the wedge of a bridge pier, that resists the flow of water and ice.
  3. a black skimmer; a sea bird of Rhynchops niger species, that flies low over the sea, "cutting" the water surface with its lower mandible to catch small fish.


edge of a ship's stem
wedge of a bridge-pier
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